Ink is Thicker than Water by Amy Spalding
Entangled Teen | Paperback, 285 pages
Published: December 3rd, 2013
Young Adult Contemporary
Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars
Mediocre teen Kellie Brooks has no illusions as to where she stands in her lot in life. She’s content going through her high school tenure with average grades, using very little effort to apply herself. She leaves the brilliance and overachieving to her older sister.
One upheaval after another disturbs her unassuming existence, however. First, her sister found her biological mother, which led her to realize exactly how she fits (or doesn’t) with her adopted family. Then the boy-man she almost had sex with comes strolling back in her life with a few secrets of his own. She’s losing her best friend, and her world is changing fast.
So this is your typical contemporary romance novel where the heroine is about to discover herself and her place in the world. Her family is bit queer and pleasantly so. I love the tattoo artist step dad who knows his place in everybody’s lives. I love the hippie mom who’s not at all loopy but very much involved in her kids’ lives. I love the family dynamics, which sadly is about the only thing memorable about this novel.
Kellie Brooks is pretty flat, to be honest. She’s got very little personality to speak of, as are the rest of the characters in this book. It was either that or that I just didn’t find it in me to reach them at a level where I could summon some semblance of empathy.
I don’t know what happened to her supposedly best friend or their falling out. She was in her life until she decided she’s becoming too cool for her own good. In which case, I surmised that she’s a lousy excuse for a friend if being cool meant more to her than the years that they’ve spent being friends.
Her sister was unlikeable as well. She’s a little self-absorbed who thinks that she’s also way too good for Kellie and the family that loved her from day one.
I would talk about Oliver but I’d probably end up ranting so I’m going to leave this review right here. Over all, it’s a fast read but nothing really earth-shattering or even mildly remarkable. If you’re looking for an easy read with the usual elements of a contemporary fiction in this genre, then you’ll probably enjoy this book.